Forest Fuels Acquires Biomass Specialists Solid Future
Forest Fuels has further strengthened its offering to its customers by extending its service offering with the addition of Ludlow based Solid Future to the business.
Gill Alker, Forest Fuels Head of Consultancy said, "We're very pleased to have added to our team with Solid Future. Our clear aim is to help our customers through the sometimes complex biomass set up and maintenance process and having the ability to get to a much wider expanse of the country means we can assist many more of our customers who often need help with cleaning out fuel stores and regular servicing needs".
Solid Future has been operating successfully since 2012 with a customer base of 150 spread throughout the Midlands, Wales, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Under Forest Fuels its focus will move away from installations and instead major on service and maintenance.
Solid Future Managing Director Edward Lewis said, “It was a natural move for us, good news for our customers and staff. We’ve worked closely with Forest Fuels for many years and my connection with a number of its key people stretches back over twenty years. I’m pleased to be joining the Forest Fuels team and will carry out biomass consultancy projects on a part time basis”.
Gill Alker said, “Ed joining our consultancy team gives our technical capabilities a significant boost-his experience gained at Solid Future and prior to that with Econergy spans a wide range of biomass systems from small to extremely large installations pre and post RHI. Ed’s high quality work and exacting standards for customer service chime in perfectly with Forest Fuels’ ethos and it's particularly pleasing that he's adding to our technical capabilities for the long term and not just in a transitional role.
The move also adds Operations Manager Ben Innes, pictured on the left, a highly experienced project manager with the additional benefit of construction management under his belt. Ben will help coordinate servicing activities across the company. Also adding to the team are two, very experienced biomass specialist Engineers - James Grisewood, pictured in the centre and Steve Sumner, pictured on the right.
These additions to Forest Fuels’ team of service engineers, based in the West Midlands, increases its coverage to the north and west of the country.
Forest Fuels Launches Wood Fuel Challenge for Energy Now 2017
Forest Fuels is all set to exhibit at Energy Now 2017, the renewable energy event specifically for farmers and land owners at Telford International Centre on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February 2017.
Forest Fuels’ Ben Goh said, "We're really looking forward to meeting both new and existing customers at Energy Now. As well as forging new relationships it’s always interesting to keep up with what’s happening within the renewables industry and keep abreast of new and emerging technologies. It helps to ensure we keep pushing the boundaries on quality and service".
New for 2017 is the Forest Fuels’ Wood Fuel Challenge. It’s a free to enter competition specifically for visitors to the Forest Fuels stand at Energy Now to have the chance to win a brand new iPad Mini. To win all you need to do is work out how much energy in kWh there is contained within the Forest Fuels tube on the stand. It’s a purpose built see-through acrylic tube, half filled with wood pellet and half filled with wood chip. The person who visits the stand and guesses the energy in kWh that there is in the tube will win the iPad Mini. It takes seconds to enter-come along to Forest Fuels on stand 7 where you can see the full rules of entry on display.
Jason Gallagher, Forest Fuels regional manager said, “We’ll be pleased to discuss any and all aspects of running biomass successfully and effectively. From RHI to optimising your fuel store and biomass boiler for efficiency; there’s a lot of variables around setting up a system and we encourage dialogue about the wood fuel provision and delivery at the earliest stage possible. It can save an awful lot of time and money later by getting us involved right from the early project planning phase. Come along, feel free to bring any biomass plans you have and we’ll be pleased to offer our help and advice.”
Forest Fuels customer account management team will be on hand to handle any questions and enquiries you may have all day on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February on stand 7.
In addition to a wide variety of interesting exhibitors the conference theme is Renewable Energy in a Post Subsidy World. You can find out about latest developments, products and there’s a series of key-note sessions and energy-specific presentations.
Forest Fuels head of sales and business development said, “It’s a great opportunity to come along and meet us plus you can take the Forest Fuels Wood Fuel Challenge. Not only can you see some of our wood fuel close up but also you’ll get a clear idea of the impressive energy content it contains plus you could win an iPad Mini”.
Click here to find out about visiting and obtaining tickets.
Forest Fuels adds biomass specialist to the team
Meet the new account manager to join Forest Fuels’ team
Mike Barling joins Forest Fuels following an extremely busy 6 year spell working as senior design engineer in what has been a very varied role. He has taken the lead in over 600 biomass projects ranging up to 1MW in size.
His design work has involved using 3D CAD software for plant layout, making hydraulic calculations and drawing up control networks. Alongside his design work he has been commissioning plant and district heating systems, managing projects, and working directly with end users and installers to create and bring to fruition successful installations. From the office Mike has provided technical support and training to an installer network of up to 150 companies.
Mike said, “I’m very pleased to be taking up the challenge of my new role. It means that I can put my knowledge and experience to full use and I’m looking forward to making a positive contribution to the business”.
Forest Fuels regional manager Ben Goh said, “ We’re really pleased that Mike has joined our team. His background and grounding in the technical end of biomass means that he has very valuable expertise to offer our customers to help ensure their installations are set up and performing to their optimum level. The fact that he’s project managed so many installations is a huge bonus as well because it means that he’s probably encountered and overcome just about all of the challenges that biomass can throw up”.
Mike was born in Canada, grew up in Shropshire and now lives in rural Gloucestershire. A family man, Mike has 2 children at school with a third on the way soon. Outside work Mike has just been awarded his parachuting A-licence meaning he can jump out of a plane at 13,000ft and fall back to earth safely and in style. Chain sawing and splitting logs are also his hobbies though he’s not yet tried them whilst sky-diving!
New role sees Jerry swap five-metre timber for 5cm wood chips
Jerry delivers sustainable wood chip throughout the Lake District
For the past 26 years, Jerry Boothroyd has earned his living picking up and delivering timber throughout the Lake District.
Now, however, with the huge growth in biomass boilers, Jerry has changed his focus completely, joining Forest Fuels to deliver the end product – sustainable wood chip – to customers throughout the national park.
In the past a typical day would have involved Jerry picking up timber and dropping it off at paper mills to be used for paper. Now he’s more likely to be seen picking up wood chip from one of the Forest Fuels depots in the area, then taking the final product to a customer for use as fuel in their biomass boiler.
Positive future for biomass wood fuel
“The wood fuel market has evolved so much over the past 10 years,” said Jerry, “and it’s great to be part of an industry that has such a positive future ahead of it. It’s also reassuring to be working for Forest Fuels, as we’re a growing company that’s giving opportunities to local people.”
Jerry’s Forestry background includes nine years carrying out estate maintenance on the Graythwaite Estate near Lake Windermere and for the National Park Authority, before a 25-year stint as a timber haulier for Gilbert Brown and Son.
“Biomass wood fuel is the sustainable alternative to oil and gas and much kinder to the environment. All of the wood we use is from sustainably-managed forestry or a by-product from a saw mill. It means trees are continually being planted and there’s a never-ending supply of fuel. Not only that, but it provides job security for all those individuals and businesses in the local wood fuel supply chain, as the wood is all sourced within a close area and the market for it is growing.”
The move marks a noteworthy change for Jerry, who had been picking up and delivering timber for Gilbert Brown and Son since 1990. While the driving itself has changed very little, the ‘blower’ lorry he now drives is quite different.
“My lorry can not only blow wood chip into fuel stores quickly and quietly, but also blow it over a longer distance,” added Jerry, “making deliveries quicker and more efficient. As every biomass system is unique though, it’s essential for me to know every customer and their boiler individually so that I can provide the very best and most effective service for them.”
Forest Fuels growth in the North West of England
Jerry’s new post is a direct result of Forest Fuels’ growth in The Lakes and throughout the whole of the North West. The company is the largest biomass wood fuel supplier in the UK and is keen to ensure that local experts are in place, backed up by a national support network.
“Jerry has tremendous local knowledge,” said Peter Solly, Forest Fuels managing director, “which – added to his forestry expertise and first-rate relationship with customers – makes him the perfect person to be delivering wood chip in The Lakes and beyond.”
When he’s not driving his lorry, Jerry enjoys walking his labrador Max.
North East Operations Supervisor
Exciting new opportunity to take responsibility for our Flixborough and North East Operations.
Forest Fuels is a leading wood fuel supplier with over 2000 customers operating from our Head Office at Okehampton Devon and a number of regional offices.
The new role will take responsibility for our Flixborough depot and get involved in our operations across the North East.
The successful candidate will:
• Monitor and manage the stock levels
• Liaise with the port authorities and ensure compliance with the contract/service level agreement
• Ensure collections and deliveries are completed efficiently and on time.
• Operate weighbridge as required
• Keep all records accurately and up to date
This is a great opportunity to join a friendly, growing and ambitious business.
The ideal candidate should be organised, able to work on own initiative and be computer literate a Transport Manager CPC would be advantageous.
Salary – competitive depending on experience
Location – Flixborough, Lincolnshire
For more details – contact Tony Vick 07872 692188
To apply – sent covering letter and CV to email@example.com
Tony Vick, Forest Fuels Senior Logistics Manager said, “Forest Fuels is an exciting place to be, we’re expanding rapidly and invest heavily in our people through training, support, health and safety and taking a genuine interest in getting the right people in the right roles for long term mutual success. If this looks like the kind of role and company you’d like to be part of then I’d be pleased to have an informal exploratory chat in complete confidence.”